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May
16

Are you stuck in a sheep cyclone?

This is what teamwork and collaboration looks like at its best: This is what it looks like at it’s worst: Here are three signs you are stuck in a collaboration sheep cyclone: You have a recurring meeting and the agenda items haven’t changed in over a month You propose a ridiculous idea as a joke […]

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May
08

Top 10 Tools and Resources for New Managers

Starting a new job with management responsibilities?  It can be overwhelming.  The good news is there are plenty of tools to help you be successful in your new management role.  Here are a few of my favorites: The Association for Talent Development – ATD (formerly ASTD) is an industry association for trainers, managers, and anyone […]

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May
06

Book Review – The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace by Cy Wakeman

Last week Cy Wakeman released her new book The Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace. I want to start by applauding Cy for pulling no punches as she delivers her perspective on how to be successful at work. It comes down to one thing and really only one thing – taking accountability for your own behavior. […]

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May
01

Happier Employees in 1 Simple Step

Last Friday I attended a presentation by Charles Jacobs, author of Management Rewired.  It was a fantastic talk about how our brains work, and particularly how motivation works (or doesn’t) in the workplace.  I walked away with a brand new understanding about management that’s incredibly simple and important to the happiness of employees. Let’s talk […]

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Apr
29

Book Review: Give and Take by Adam Grant

It took me a long time to read Give and Take although not for the reason you might think.  While I did find that Adam Grant has a tendency to repeat himself from time to time, overall I found the book to be thought provoking.  I often put it down to consider a point and […]

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How Do You Choose Your Team?

In 2011 Mumford and Sons broke out after their appearance on the Grammy’s.  After watching them, a friend of mine quipped: Too bad Mumford didn’t have any sons who played drums… It’s tempting as a manager to think about the elements you need on your team and worry about the skills you don’t have.  You […]

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4 Tips for Solving Tough Problems

I’ve never come up with a great idea sitting at my desk going through my to-do list.  My best ideas come when I do one (or more) of these things: Walk away from the problem – Sometimes when you leave something alone for a couple of days, you see it from a different perspective and […]

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Apr
17

Amanda Palmer: The Art of Asking (TED)

In a short (14 minute) talk, Amanda Palmer helps us understand the power of asking. A truly fascinating example of leading by giving. I’m reading Give and Take this week (book review to come). This is a good example of a successful giver. (photo by Jurvetson, via flickr)

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The Pitfalls of Labels

The more time you spend in management or HR, the more you will come in contact with tools like DiSC, Forte, Myers Briggs and Insights Discovery Profiles.  These communication style surveys are great tools for inspiring conversation around how different people work and communicate.  But be careful when you use them because they come with […]

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How Do You Recharge?

Leaders are “on” all the time.  This can be a great thing when your energy is high and you feel engaged and focused.  But sooner or later burnout creeps in.  Whether it’s from working too hard or juggling too many things or just getting bogged down in a tough patch, we all go through periods […]

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